August: Osage County – Review
With an A-List cast as long as your arm, and adapted from a Pulitzer-prize winning play, August: Osage County has all the potential but none (or at least, very few) of the results.
Though pill-popping matriarch Violet and prickly daughter Barbara, played by Streep and Roberts, are performances worth a watch, the ensemble as a whole is too flat to generate the layered, heart-stopping drama you might expect from this film.
Ultimately, director John Wells is too scared of the source material; he doesn’t venture far enough into cinematic territory, but also fails to find this film’s claustrophobic potential.
TL;DR: Slow but bolstered by the scene-chewing relish of Streep and Roberts, August: Osage County tries but fails to be the next great take on American kitchen-sink drama. If you’re after lots of shouting over the dinner table, this is a fine watch; just don’t expect Tennessee Williams.
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